“You were visited by WHAT?“
The Korant (or Kurent) is a Slovenian mythological good-natured demon, who chases away winter and invites spring into the land every year. According to the old belief, he was a demon of fertility, bringing good harvest.
Groups of Korant wear traditional sheepskin garments, holding wooden clubs with hedgehog spikes and wearing belts with large cow bells, to make maximum noise when jumping around and dancing. The noise is believed to “drive off the winter”. They wear huge helmets – masks also made of sheepskin and crowned with pheasant feathers or bull horns and coloured stripes. Korant may look scary, but it is a positive character, because its presence is believed to announce the beginning of spring.